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When Isaac Grosner came across the Sandy Hook 5K finish line, at the Fairfield Hills campus on a rainy April 2 morning, you wouldn’t know from his demeanor that he was the first overall finisher. Grosner, a 17-year-old Westborough, Mass resident – who completed the course in a time of 18:50 – understood that this race is much more about the cause than the outcome.
“It’s a good feeling,” Grosner said of leading a field of close to 2,000 runners, but quickly added: “This race really isn’t about the time you have and the result. It’s about the event, the cause, and it’s about the community coming together.”
The cause for this fourth annual 5K race, which followed three waves of kids runs, is the driving force behind the race slogan: Love Runs Through. Participants ran in support of families who lost loved ones on 12/14.
Kendra Frederick Bosco, 36, of Sandy Hook, was the top female finisher and placed eighth overall, in a time of 20:51.
“It feels pretty good just to finish the race – it’s a challenging course,” Frederick Bosco said.
She’s a road race regular, and her husband, Andy, 30, ran his first 5K, and put in an impressive performance by finishing in tenth place with a time of 21:00.
“It was good. We work out a lot together. It’s another way for us to bond and be involved with the community,” Andy Bosco said.
“We’re newish to Newtown. It’s nice to do something to support the community,” Frederick Bosco said.
Newtown’s Christina Caron has participated in the Sandy Hook 5K annually, but what made this year different was running with her daughter, Isabelle, who is nine going on ten years old.
“This is my favorite race to do – of all the 5Ks. This is my favorite race by far,” said Caron, adding that it was all the more special because of sharing the experience with Isabelle.
“I think it was more fun doing it with her than trying to run competitively this year,” Caron said.
“This was my first time. I want to do it next year,” said Isabelle, adding that the course was both hard and easy. The hills were the tricky part. “I told myself I could do it,” she added.
Newtown’s Tim Stan ran with not only his ten-year-old son, Elijah, but also their dog, Wayne, a four-year-old black lab mix.
“He would have finished a lot sooner if it weren’t for me,” Stan said. “I’m not kidding. He’s much faster than me.”
Derek Kaufman, 41, of Greenwich, was runner-up in a time of 20:16. The next three finishers were all Newtown residents, and they came across the finish line within just a few seconds of each other. Dan Germain, 54, placed third in 20:18; Thomas Linese, 15, was fourth in 20:20; and David Oelberg, 52, came in fifth in 20:21.
Sean Anderson, 40, of Colchester, was sixth in 20:34; Parker McKenzie, 14, of Newtown, was seventh in a time of 20:43; and Luke Albrecht, 37, of Newtown, was ninth in 20:58.
Race times are unofficial. Check the Platt Systems webpage for updates and complete results.
The Newtown Memorial Fund serves as the fiduciary to collect and process all donations from the race. Proceeds go to the Collaborative Recovery Fund administered by The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation, which pays the out-of-pocket mental health expenses for those eligible who have been most impacted by 12/14. Additionally, a percentage of the proceeds will go directly to the chosen nonprofit organizations of the 26 families who lost loved ones in the tragedy.